While some teachers have unique punishments for cheating, the typical consequence is a failing grade or simply no credit for the assignment at all. The student’s permanent record will inform universities and employers that they’ve been caught cheating. In January 2015, The Boston Globe reported 64 students at Dartmouth University were caught cheating on – of all things – an ethics exam. The exam was taken electronically using hand-held “clickers” to submit answers in class. The accused students were believed to have given their “clickers” to other classmates to complete the exam for them. Dartmouth reported these students will likely be suspended for a semester of class, with a “stain on their transcript,” according to Robert Balmer, an official at Dartmouth, speaking in the Globe.
Instead of frantically looking at other people’s tests and trying to be discreet about it, students should simply put in the effort when they study. If they need help to better understand a specific concept or topic, they should go see the teacher during lunch or after school.
Most students will deny they cheat. Some are telling the truth, but sadly most are lying. Everyone has a different definition of cheating, some justifying it by saying they’d do the work if they had more time. Cheaters will continue to cheat; it’s a tough habit to break. But before you neglect studying because you sit next to the smart kid in class anyway, remember it defines your character and can severely impact your future. What about you? Are you a cheater?